ET '24 General Sessions

The ET '24 General Sessions include presentations and elements you will want to see to make the most of your ET Seminar experience. The Best Papers of ET '24 presentations are divided between the Opening and Closing General Sessions, so be sure to attend to hear the best of the best papers presented at ET '24!

Opening General Session
Tuesday, April 30 | 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Attend the Opening General Session to gain valuable insights and information. Three Best of Track papers and the Overall Best Paper of ET '24 will be delivered during the Opening General Session. Also featured will be the presentation of awards, including the Best Paper Awards, Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence, and more.

Opening Keynote: Excellence Beyond Extrusion

Brook Hamilton President of Bonnell Aluminum, headquartered in Newnan, Georgia, USA, will discuss how the company has been able to survive the ups and downs of the past 70 years of their existence with events like ET and organizations like the Aluminum Extruders Council. Brook will give a “peek behind the curtain” at the tools and resources they use to gather information and intelligence that everyone can access. Brook will also provide an overview of Bonnell's approach to operational excellence and continuous improvement, the company’s focus on safety and standardizing practices to help reduce workforce injuries, and more.

Awards & Announcements

ET '24 Best Paper Awards
The Best of Track and Best Overall paper award winners will be announced at the Opening General Session. Award-winning authors will be presented with awards to recognize their significant achievements.

Chairman's Award
The ET Chairman's award is given to an individual or company who has made a valuable and significant impact on the ET Seminar Program. This year's recipient is a truly deserving award winner.

Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence
The Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence is the highest honor the ET Seminar Committee can bestow and whose namesake was a founder of the ET Seminar and the recipient of the first award in 1984. This years award will be bestowed on a truly worthy recipient.

ET '24 Best Paper Presentations

During the Opening General Session, the Best Overall Paper of ET '24, as well as three (3) of the Best of Track paper presentations will be presented by the author(s). See the following Best Papers delivered:

10:35 a.m. - Extrusion Design & Innovation(EI) Best of Track Presentation

EI454 - Solution Development and Profile Design
Presenter: Ben Kuhn, Almag Aluminum

11:05 a.m. - Extrusion Equipment (EE) Best of Track Presentation

EE439 - Measuring and Correcting Distortion in Extrusions
Presenter: Norbert Meinikmann, Laubinger + Rickmann GMBH

11:35 a.m. - Extrusion & Die R&D (RD) Best of Track Presentation

RD330 - Effect of Local Microstructure on Mechanical Behavior of Extrusion Weld Seams
Presenter: Andrew Zang, The University of British Columbia

12:05 p.m. - Overall Best Paper Presentation

EP311 - The Journey to Supply Automotive Grade Extrusions: Challenges and Solutions
Presenter: Nick Parson, Rio Tinto

ET '24 Wrap-up General Session

Thursday, May 2 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The culminating General Session of ET ’24 will feature the final three (3) Best of Track paper presentations delivered by the speaker(s) as well as a “Conversation with the Experts” interactive panel session.

Best Paper Presentations

1:05 p.m. - Extrusion Finishes & Fabrication (FF) Best of Track Presentation

FF538 - Forming of Aluminum Extrusions for Automotive Applications — Part II: Recent Advances and Prospectives of Methods
Presenter: Torgier Welo, NTNU

1:35 p.m. - Alloys & Billet Process (BP) Best of Track Presentation

BP326 - Potential for Using Scandium in Extrusion Alloys
Presenter: Paul Rometsch, Rio Tinto

2:15 p.m. - Extrusion & Die Process Application (EP) Best of Track Presentation

EP318 - Quench Sensitivity of Automotive Extrusion Alloys
Presenter: Nick Parson, Rio Tinto

2:45 p.m. - Sustainability & Management (SM) Best of Track Presentation

SM366 - The Business Case for Lightweighting in Battery Electric Vehicles
Presenter: Stig Tjoetta, Hydro Aluminium Metal

3:15 p.m. - A Conversation with the Experts: Get Inspired

Jerome Fourmann

Rio Tinto

Mark Butterfield

Metal Exchange Corporation/Pennex Aluminum LLC

Lynn Brown

Long Point Associates

Andrew Halonen

Mayflower Consulting

Nick Parson

Rio Tinto Aluminium

John Bergman

SMS group

Stig Tjoetta

Hydro Aluminium Metals

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion with industry experts where we delve into the latest innovations from ET '24. Our esteemed panelists will explore the most compelling and crucial takeaways from the technical sessions, shedding light on what lies ahead for the aluminum extrusion industry.

During this engaging session, our leaders will discuss key aspects across various markets:

  • Automotive: Uncover how aluminum extrusions can address the automotive industry's demand for solutions that minimize the environmental footprint. Our panelists will discuss strategies to increase aluminum usage while meeting low carbon intensity requirements.q
  • Building & Construction: Discover emerging trends in aluminum extruded products for building and construction. From reducing energy footprints to implementing cutting-edge finishing solutions, our experts will share valuable insights.
  • Sustainability: Learn how the extrusion industry is shaping a sustainable future by minimizing the environmental footprint. We will also explore aluminum's industry evolution and eco-friendly practices.

Engage with these seasoned professionals by asking live questions during the discussion. Whether you're curious about specific challenges, innovative solutions, or future prospects, your inquiries will contribute to a more insightful and interactive dialogue. Feel free to raise any queries related to sustainability efforts, energy efficiency trends, challenges in the automotive sector, or any other relevant topics. Let's ignite meaningful conversations!